In the event you’ve been taking note of what supervisor Davey Martinez has been saying early this spring, it most likely didn’t shock you an excessive amount of when the Washington Nationals optioned 21-year-old infielder Luis García to Triple-A Rochester this afternoon.
García debuted as a 20-year-old in 2020’s 60-game COVID marketing campaign out of necessity when an damage and a restricted roster created a possibility, then extra damage and roster points in 2021 opened up extra alternatives for the prospect, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $1.3M in 2016.
García put up a .242/.275/.411 line with 18 doubles, two triples, six house runs, 11 walks, and 43 Ks in 70 video games and 247 plate appearances within the majors in 2021, after placing up a strong .276/.302/.366 line, six doubles, two homers, 5 walks, and 29 Ks up in 40 video games and 139 PAs in 2020.
However as Martinez defined from West Palm Seashore early in Spring Coaching this 12 months, the membership known as him up out of necessity the final two years, although it may not have been splendid for a younger infielder like García contemplating the place he was in his improvement.
“Completely,” Martinez advised reporters. “We had been shorthanded, and he’s one in all our younger prospects.
“Look, and I inform him on a regular basis, ‘You’re going to play within the huge leagues every single day, however there’s little issues we wish you to do.’
“And he understands that, however he’s gotten higher. Final 12 months — he’s had these little nagging accidents all through, you understand, so for me, we wish to get him going, and if he’s doing properly right here, this may very well be a distinct dialog on the finish of spring.
“Nevertheless it’s a brief spring, so we wish to make it possible for we get him going and that when he’s right here, he’s doing every thing appropriately.”
“We’ve acquired to actually perceive that Luis continues to be very, very younger,” Martinez added.
“He’s discovered lots, and he’s been studying, he’s been maturing. He’s going to get a possibility.”
Martinez wished to see García at brief on this abbreviated Spring Coaching, after he performed predominantly at second within the majors within the final two seasons, and he’ll probably play every place at Triple-A as he waits for the subsequent alternative on the huge league stage.
However for now, the crew appears comfy going ahead with Alcides Escobar at shortstop, with veteran César Hernández at second base, and Ehire Adrianza as a super-utility bench participant in D.C. to start out the 2022 marketing campaign, with García getting on a regular basis at-bats and reps within the infield up in Rochester, NY.
NATIONALS’ LATEST ROSTER MOVES:
Optioned to Triple-A:
RHP Gerardo Carrillo
INF Lucius Fox
INF Luis García
Re-assigned to Minor League camp:
RHP Reed Garrett
RHP Erasmo Ramirez
INF Jake Noll
C Taylor Gushue
INF Richard Ureña
INF Adrián Sanchez